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Stephen Hawking Dead: Eddie Redmayne Leads Tributes To The ‘Astonishing’ Man He Played In ‘The Theory Of Everything’

Eddie Redmayne has paid tribute to Stephen Hawking following the death of the British scientist at the age of 76.

Eddie won the Best Actor Oscar in 2015 for his portrayal of the professor in ‘The Theory Of Everything‘.

He described him as having a “truly beautiful mind” and added that he was “the funniest man I have ever met.”

Actor Eddie Redmayne has paid tribute to Stephen Hawking. Eddie played the professor in the 2014 film, The Theory of Everything. pic.twitter.com/bMSAiSDxd4

— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) March 14, 2018

In a statement shared on social media, he said: “We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”

The death of renowned British physicist at his home in Cambridge was announced by a family spokesman in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

In a statement, his children Lucy, Robert and Tim said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.

“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.

“His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

‘The Theory of Everything’ (2014) charted the onset of his illness and his early life as the brilliant student grappling with black holes and the concept of time.

Other stars also paid their respects on Twitter…

Goodbye #StephenHawking Thank you for being – amongst everything else – a great laugh. pic.twitter.com/M1d1GEsv9r

— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) March 14, 2018

What a privilege it was to know Stephen Hawking. His work elevated us to the extra-ordinary; his life pushed down a terrible, limiting disease so that he could enjoy the full joy of the ordinary. In both, he was a triumph of what can we, as humans, can achieve.

— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) March 14, 2018

Saddened to hear that professor Stephen Hawking has passed away. A genius in the true sense of the world and a quite extraordinary man. #ripstephenhawking

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 14, 2018